22 October 2015

New sitewalk construction in Lovina

Tourism operators in Lovina, North Bali are calling on the government to quickly complete the ongoing construction of sidewalks and walkways leading to the beach, saying the building activities are interfering with tourist activities at the popular beachside resort.

A restaurant operator in Lovina said, “The open gutters are producing unsavory odors that are not conducive to people dining at the restaurant.” He told of at least three customers who had fallen into open sewers at the construction zone for the sidewalks. Matters are being made worse particularly after dark, he complained, by the lack of warning signs and safety barricades. Separately, the head of the Public Works confirmed through his office that the construction of drains and sidewalks in Lovina would take a total of 120 days to complete. The value of the Public Works contract for the new walkways is put at Rp. 1.1 billion. The project commenced on July 31, 2015 and is scheduled for completion on November 27, 2015.

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Tsunami early warning system enhanced

Bali’s early warning system for tsunamis has been enhanced with the installation of another tsunami warning tower and siren on Kedungu Beach at the Village of Belalang in Tabanan. The commissioning of the newest addition to Bali’s Tsunami Early Warning System (TWS) was attended by the head of the National Center for Earthquakes and Tsunamis from the Meteorology, Climate and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).
Speaking at the ceremony he said: “This siren will be used to spread an early warning of a tsunami in order that the public can evacuate to a designated safe location and thereby reduce the potential number of casualties.” Bali now has 9 locations with Tsunami Early Warning Siren towers standing 15-meters high: Serangan Island in Denpasar Kedungu, Tabanan Seririt, Buleleng Sanur Beach, Denpasar Tanjung Benoa Bali Tourism Development Corporation at Nusa Dua, Kedonganan Beach Kuta Beach Double Six Beach, Seminyak.

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New cruise port in North Bali

The Bali Transportation, Information and Communication Department had declared the Province plans to build an international cruise port in North Bali’s Buleleng Regency at Lovina. Ketut Dana from the Bali Transportation, Information and Communication Department said, “We see the potential of cruise ships berthing in Lovina because of the area’s reputation as one of the best tourist area in North Bali.’ He said his department was in the midst of surveying the area and examining the condition of a pier at Lovina to weigh the feasibility of a cruise port.

The first step must be to renovate the existing pier in order that is can be used as a jetty. “We have heard that the pier is never used for a number of reasons, including the subject pier is too high,” he explained. Dana refused to be pinned down on when a cruise port might be built in Lovina, insisting the project was still only in the feasibility study phase. Dana explained that the Province had only recently assumed control over shipping and shoreline matters under a 2014 law issued by the Minister for the Department of the Interior, transferring this responsibility once held by the Regency of Buleleng. He explained that the use of the Port at Celukan Bawang in North Bali for cruise ships was not in accordance with the master and zoning plan for the Province and Buleleng. Dana insists that the Celukan Bawang Port is designated only for cargo ship operations.

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10 October 2015

Best diving sites

There are many good reasons why tourists choose Bali when planning a visit to Indonesia. Particularly for divers, the island is home to many attractive underwater gems. Among Bali's most popular spots, beginner as well as professional divers can be found flocking to the Karangasem regency in the eastern part of the island. There are at least five most frequented diving sites in Karangasem, namely Padang Bai, Candidasa, Amed, Seraya and Tulamben. Padang Bai has Blue Lagoon and Labuan Amuk beaches, Candidasa is blessed with the island of Gili Tepekong, Amed has Jemeluk beach, Seraya is popular among macro photographers, and Tulamben has the US Liberty shipwreck, which was torpedoed by the Japanese during World War II.

Those who prefer snorkeling can enjoy the ship stern, located only 6 meters underwater with an average visibility of 12 to 30 meters. To support the activity, the regency provides dozens of diving operators in addition to many accommodation options; from luxurious hotels to modest homestays. But do make sure that you are accompanied with a licensed diving instructor and guide prior to plunging into the depths of the ocean. Many tour operators that provide water sport activities in Bali are not registered in the Association of Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies [ASITA]. A good tour operator will cooperate with licensed diving centers, which have licensed diving instructors and guides, in the interest of safety.